Feb 22, 2008 4:20pm
Re: manny being manny...
Dated, [and pre-Lebron - now with Ben Wallace!]
Posted on Tue, Jul. 20, 2004
Cleveland fans truly miserable
By Terry Pluto
ESPN just named Cleveland America's Most Tortured Sports City. Tell us something we don't know.
Just as I wrote that line, I heard Indians radio broadcaster Tom Hamilton say, ``Next Saturday, we'll have former Tribe heroes like Chad Ogea and Paul Assenmacher at the park.''
Honest, he just said that.
No doubt, Hamilton was reading publicity material from the team. But heroes like Ogea and Assenmacher?
That's torture, especially since my initial thought was, ``Wonder if Assenmacher wants to make a comeback? He can't be any worse than Cliff Bartosh.''
The most tortured sports city?
That's us, and we're proud of it.
ESPN ranked Philadelphia right behind us. Not even close.
They have an NHL team...
Ours moved to Minnesota, Maine, Madagascar, San Jose, Haiti -- I don't remember.
It's just gone.
The Cavaliers have been around since 1970, and have never even reached the NBA Finals.
In that time, the Sixers won the 1983 title. They lost in the 1980, 1982 and 2001 Finals.
They had Julius Erving and Moses Malone. The Cavaliers had Chad Kinch, DeSagana Diop, and John Morton, all first-round draft picks.
At least the Cavaliers did trade Roy Hinson to Philadelphia for Brad Daugherty, who became an All-Star. Of course, Daugherty blew out his back and retired at 28, but what did you expect? Him to play forever? Or until 30?
You might think the signature radio call for the Cavaliers' Joe Tait is ``Wham with the right hand!''
But more often, Tait has moaned that your favorite Cavaliers player ``is down in a heap.''
It's never good to be down in a heap.
For every Hinson-for-Daugherty, the Cavaliers have done a Ron Harper-for-Danny Ferry and a million first-round draft picks for Mike Bratz, Geoff Huston and Richard Washington.
And I promise not to say a word about Carlos Boozer.
The Miracle of Richfield was a magical moment, but as friends from out of town say, ``That team won one round of the playoffs. How can that be a miracle?''
It's because the Cavaliers shot the ball at the correct basket all year, something that has not always been a given: See John Warren (1970) and Ricky Davis (2003).
The Indians vs. the Phillies?
Guess where Jim Thome hits home runs these days?
And didn't the Phillies win the 1980 World Series?
Hey, the Indians won a World Series... in 1948.
And what about 1920? The Tribe won that one, too. Bet you remember that glorious summer at old League Park when you could watch the game for a nickel.
ESPN ranked Buffalo as the third most tortured sports city.
Forget Buffalo -- no Major League Baseball team. You can't feel real misery unless your team wins a World Series twice in, oh, 84 years or so.
Boston Red Sox fans revel in their angst, with the alleged Curse of the Bambino, Bill Buckner and all that.
At least they had Babe Ruth to trade. The Tribe had Jose Mesa, so don't talk about Buckner.
Besides, New England has no complaint. Bill Belichick combined with Art Modell to set the tone for moving the Browns to Baltimore, then Belichick won two Super Bowls in New England. And Modell won a Super Bowl in Baltimore with a team put together by Mr. Cleveland Browns, Ozzie Newsome.
The last major Cleveland franchise to win a title?
The 1964 Browns, and that was before the Super Bowl. Since then, 17 different NFL teams won a title. For all the talk about Red Right 88, The Drive and The Fumble, do you know what real agony is for Browns fans? Since 1970, the team is 4-11 in the playoffs.
I don't want to hear about Buffalo losing four times in the Super Bowl. At least the Bills were in the Super Bowl.
Unless the Indians shock us, it will be 110 sports seasons since any of the Browns, Tribe or Cavaliers won a title. But if you're a Cleveland sports fan, you already know that.
And part of you is proud of it!